Sunday, February 19, 2012

FTA Aconcagua Feb 2012 - SUMMITS!

Feb 19, 2011
FTA team from Dec 2010 on top. We'll post the 2012 team pics shortly!

Ben wrote in from Plaza Argentina to report that they had a successful summit bid and that the entire team is back in base camp safe and sound!

Ben, Cameron, Stuart, Melvin and Er Jun topped out on the 17th at 2pm on cold and windy but clear day. Shaun and Jaclyn made a great effort as well and reached a high point at the start of the traverse above Independencia Hut.

Colera camp on a calm day © stu remensnyder

They returned to Colera camp, spent the night amid the very high winds and in the morning descended to Argentina. Ben said that the winds were strong enough that just packing up the tents in the morning took a great deal of effort and especially to avoid and cold injuries.

They should be heading out today and hope to be back in Mendoza for well earned hotel beds, showers, steak suppers and wine tours! We'll look forward to seeing the pics and hearing a full report when they are back in town.

Next up for Ben will be Broad Peak so if you fancy a trip to Pakistan and a great 8000m peak let us know!

2 comments:

JackieK said...

Well done Ben & team on Aconcagua. To summit and achieve the heights you did in challenging weather is fantastic. Congratulations from Oz & UK.

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